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Know your rights: Cell phones

According to NBC News, 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and people across Kentucky know how integral these devices are in day-to-day life. Carrying so much personal information around in a purse or pocket does come with some protections, and it is important to know and understand a citizen's rights in case of becoming the focus of a criminal investigation.

Just say no to traffic stop searches

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, drivers in the Elizabethtown area may see additional police patrols. The Memorial Day weekend is often called the unofficial start of summer, and the long, three-day weekends frequently are targets of law enforcement, as traffic violations and crashes frequently increase. More Kentucky State Police, Hardin County Sheriff's Office vehicles and local police departments are likely to be on the roads looking for minor violations and for potential DUIs.

New opioid law likely to lead to longer sentences and more costs

A new crime bill has passed the Kentucky legislature and become law. It increases penalties for anyone "trafficking" fentanyl and heroin and removes the "peddler distinction" that reduced punishment for many addicted to these drugs. Instead, it makes even sharing among addicts any amount of heroin a Class C felony, which carries a five- to ten-year sentence.

You are always being watched

Americans love convenience. From using a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant to pick up dinner to watching movies on our smart phones and allowing Netflix suggests the movies we watch, technology is becoming more and more all encompassing. Security cameras help protect us and traffic cameras alert us to accidents and road congestion.

I’m innocent – why do I need an attorney?

When someone has never dealt with the criminal system, they may be a bit naïve about the subject. Of course, that naivety comes from a good place – they genuinely have done nothing wrong and feel as though laying out all the information they have will ultimately show their innocence.

What should you do if you are stopped by the police?

It's rarely expected. You find yourself driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly, you see bright, flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. You are shocked when the light approach and instead of passing your vehicle, they pull in behind your vehicle. Why are they pulling you over and what should you do?

What are the consequences of a DUI conviction in Kentucky?

Very few people intend on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but that one mistake in judgment can result in criminal charges. Being arrested and charged with a DUI should be taken very seriously, as the consequences can be harsh - even for a first offense.

Traffic stop often leads to more charges

A recent traffic stop of a Kentucky man provides a cautionary tale of how a simple traffic offense can expand to a great number of charges. The man was facing 16 charges, from traffic violations and misdemeanors to seven felonies. The charges included speeding, open container, DUI second offense, seatbelt violation, lack of insurance, driving on a DUI suspended license, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment (three counts), identity theft and evading police.